Heat emergency issued in DC ahead of hot, humid Father’s Day

A heat emergency has been activated in D.C. for Sunday and Monday.

The District will open cooling centers throughout the city both days, as temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s. The city activates these plans when the heat index or temperature is forecast to reach 95 degrees or higher.

Cooling center locations can be found online using an interactive map.

The city’s tips for dealing with extreme heat can also be found online.

On Sunday, which is Father’s Day, there will be some sunshine, but it will be muggy and hot. Temperatures will rise to the low 90s, although it will feel like the mid to upper 90s with the humidity.

“There could be a few isolated thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and maybe even a stray shower in the morning. Some areas of fog are possible Sunday morning, especially for those areas that have some rain on Saturday,” NBC Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said.

It will be a hot and muggy start to the week. Expect a mix of sun and clouds on Monday with temperatures in the low 90s. The humidity will be in full force on Monday so it will feel like the mid to upper 90s by the afternoon. There will be a chance of storms on Monday.

Better chances of rain come on Tuesday as a cold front approaches the region, Ricketts said.

The area will be between a cold front and what is now Tropical Storm Claudette pushing off the Carolina coastline. The cold front will push Claudette out to sea, but it could regenerate out into the Atlantic. That cold front will bring clouds and chances of rain throughout the day on Tuesday, with falling humidity and temperatures only in the 80s.

Chances of rain return by the end of next weekend.


Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of isolated PM storms 60%.
Highs: Upper 80s.

Father’s Day: Hot and humid. Patchy AM fog. Chance of PM thunderstorms 40%.
Highs: Low 90s. 

Monday: Mostly sunny, becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of storms.
Highs: Low 90s

Tuesday: Cooler with a chance of showers.
Highs: Mid 70s

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, nice and comfortable
Highs: Upper 70s

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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